France orders final tranche of A330 MRTTs
Airbus Defence and Space has received an order from the French Defence Procurement Agency to supply a final tranche of three A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.
The order is a part of a contract signed with the French Ministry of Defence in 2014 for 12 A330 MRTTs. The first of the fleet was delivered in October 2018 and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2023.
The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and equipped with a combination of the Airbus Refuelling Boom System and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods.
The aircraft can be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 272 passengers as well as medevac arrangements, including the French MORPHEE intensive care module carrying up to ten patients as well as 88 passengers.
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